The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

January 2, 2014

Blood drives slated to cover critical shortage

BY JOHN H. WALKER
Associated Press

TARBORO — In an effort to cover shortages of types O-, A- and B- blood, the American Red Cross has scheduled its second blood drive of the week in Tarboro.

Persons may donate blood between 12 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. today at The Braswell Center, located at 1500 Western Blvd. Earlier this week, on Monday, St. James United Methodist Church held a drive.

Red Cross Blood Services representative Ellen West said, “During the Holiday time period, the number of blood drives decrease, however, the demand for blood does not. In order for us to meet the needs of the patients we serve, please invite others and try to donate blood today to boost critically low blood inventory levels.”

In addition to today’s blood drive, persons may also give blood two more times this month.

The first is a blood drive for Edgecombe County employees from 12:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday at 201 Saint Andrew St.

The following Tuesday, ABB, Inc. in Pinetops, a strong supporter of the blood program, will host a public blood drive from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the facility, located at 3130 Highway 43 North.

Persons wishing to donate blood may do so by simply going to the site or they may call 1-800-733-3767 to schedule an appointment.

West said persons wishing to give blood must meet a number of criteria but, it general, must:

    • Be healthy (If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, healthy also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control.)

    • Be at least 17 years

    • Weigh at least 110 lbs.
Additional weight requirements apply for donors 18 years old and younger and all high school donors.

If you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, healthy also means that you are being treated and the condition is under control.